Hailing from Kitchener, Ontario, Meek has lived in Toronto since 2010 and is an Indie Studio Artist at SKETCH. Passionate about social issues and human rights, he is a loud supporter of the strange, the provocative, the rough and the rowdy, firmly believing that art should ignite a reaction and tell a truth. Meek works primarily with acrylics but loves to experiment and explore various media. His style leans towards abstract expressionism but he isn’t a fan of being boxed in and labelled! He has a knack for layering and his work can be recognized through his use of bright fluorescent colours. Meek has also worked in various artistic sectors throughout the years including music, dance, and performance art. He also holds a permit with the film union IATSE 873. Check out his work on Instagram @OfficiallyMeek.
My art practice is all about expression. It’s about freeing yourself from the things that are weighing you down or running wild in your mind and sharing them with the world. It’s a story about the things you love, admire, experience, believe, and observe. It’s about telling a truth, making a comment on what’s happening in the world or what’s happening inside of yourself.
For me, painting is a release of thoughts, emotions, and admirations. Abstract really speaks to me on these terms. Its motions, its layers, its unpredictability are all raw and real. My art tells stories of triumph, happiness, and joy. It also tells stories of anxiety, sorrow, and anger. It might comment on current events. It might comment on the wellbeing of friends, family, or the self. It might comment or share the things that I love or am inspired by but it’s always telling a truth.
Indie Studio Artist Meek
I’m often inspired by the world around me. Music, especially. It evokes a feeling or a memory and from there I pull colours, motions, and just go. Automatic art, as I’ve heard it being called sometimes, is all about living in the moment. Sometimes there’s a lot of dance involved in the way I do things. The whole body can get involved depending on the technique and what I’m feeling. Sometimes I need to dance a little, or pace a little. Sometimes things are a little more focused. Shaking the mind from perfection and letting things flow are the goals for me, even if I have thought out some of the media I want to experiment with prior. It’s about trusting my inner creativity and letting it flow through me.
Meek’s abstract style paintings (above and below)
I was looking for a place to experiment and SKETCH was just right! The people at SKETCH and the community I have found here are so supportive and inspiring. I came into Indie Studio with an idea for a series and I left with friends and countless ideas for future projects and collaborations. It’s so beautiful and I’m beyond thankful for every day I got to work in such a creative and welcoming environment.
I’m finding more and more that art is helping me discover who I am. What I feel, what I love, what I think about myself and the world, how I see these things. It’s a work in progress but it’s really changed me. It’s also helped me build friendships and confidence.
I’ve mentioned already that a lot of my inspiration comes from music, but being around artists with similar styles and processes has really inspired me. That’s the best thing about Indie Studio, for sure. I’d have to say that my fellow Indie Studio artists definitely made this list of inspirations, and I’m looking forward to the continued growth and experimentation I plan to pursue.
I’d say that without being surrounded by these great artists, I probably wouldn’t have nearly as many ideas as I do now!